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Unsteady course on new sulphur limit

Future regulation on CO2 emissions in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea has placed ports and shipping companies in a problematic situation. The ports are reluctant to take a gamble on a specific technological solution before shipping companies have made up their minds, while shipping companies do not expect an advantageous solution before regulation comes into force. Meanwhile, the EU remains of the opinion that the sulphur content in marine fuels must not exceed 0.1 per cent by 2015

Some will do it. Others will not. Others again are not sure. But one thing is certain – in three years, every ship sailing on the North and Baltic Seas may not emit more CO2 than what equals a sulphur content of 0.1 per cent in marine fuels. In order to fulfil this requirement, ships will either have to use more expensive marine fuels or use new technologies. The shipping companies have failed to agree which technology they will choose and this results in the ports disagreeing on the way to move ahead.

“We have decided to establish a LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) station. We expect that the higher requirements on sulphur emissions make it relevant to offer ships the possibility of bunkering LNG at the port”, says Jens Kirketerp Jensen, Managing Director at the port in Hirtshals on the West Coast of Jutland. The port has made an agreement with the Norwegian company Gasnor who will build and run the Hirtshals LNG terminal.

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